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to those who would provoke us, we have turned the other cheek. [applause] , as we conclude our labor let us tomorrow turn to our new path. let us be on our way! [applause] >> this weekend on the c-span networks. tonight at 8:00, a debate on the future of the internet. and sunday evening on "q&a" tave advice smiley on his latest book "death of a king."
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arizona senator barry goldwater cepted his party's presidential nomination at the republican national convention in san francisco. he lost in a landslide to president lyndon b. johnson, but inspired many younger conservatives to get involved in politics.
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>>on the stand with mr. goldwater, two sons, two daughters, and two sons-in-law.
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>> the sergeant of arms clearing the aisle. >> on the stand with mr. goldwater, two sons, two daughters, and two sons-in-law.
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[applause] >> thank you.
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>> thank you.
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[applause] > my running mate, the wonderful republican who has served us so well for so long --
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bill miller and his wife, stephanie. o thurston morton who has done such a wonderful job in chairing this wonderful convention. [applause] to mr. herbert hoover, who i am told is watching. [applause] the great american and his wife, general and mrs. isenhower. o my wife, my family, and to all of my fellow republicans
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across this great nation, from this moment, united and determined, we will go forward together dedicated to the ultimate and undeniable reatness of the whole man. together, we will win. cheers and applause] i accept your nomination with a deep sense of humility. [applause] accept the responsibility that goes with it and i seek your continued help and uidance. my fellow republicans, our bond is too great for any man to feel worthy of it.
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our task would be to great for any man did he not have with him the heart and the head of this great republican party. i promise you tonight that every fiber of my being is consecrated to our cause that nothing shall be lacking from the struggles that can be brought to us by enthusiasm, devotion, and hard work. in this world, no person, no party can guarantee nything. what we can do and what we shall do is to deserve victory and victory will be ours. [applause] the good lord raised this
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mighty republic to be a home for the brave and to flourish as the land of the free. [applause] and if ag nate in the ullying of come anymore. -- of communism. [applause] now, my fellow americans, the tide has been running against freedom. our people have followed false prophets. we must, and we shall, return to our proven ways, not because they are old, but because they are true. [applause]
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we must, and we shall, set the tides running again in the cause of freedom. [applause]
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this party, with its every action, every word, every breath, and every heartbeat, has but a single resolve and that is freedom. [applause] freedom made orderly for this nation by our constitutional government. freedom under a government limited by the laws of nature and of nature's god. freedom balanced so that liberty lacking order will not become the likeness of the mob. [applause] we americans understand, we have earned it, we have lived for it, and we have died for it. we can be freedom's visionaries. ladies and gentlemen, first, we must renew freedom's vision in our own hearts and in our own homes. [applause]
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during four futile years, the administration which we shall replace -- [applause] has distorted and lost the vision. it has talked and talked and talked the words of freedom, but it has failed and failed and failed in the works of freedom. [applause] failure cements the wall of shame in berlin. failures blocked the sands of shame at the bay of pigs. failure brought the slow death of freedom in laos.
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failure was in the jungles of vietnam. failure comes to houses of our nce great alliances. [applause] failures proclaim lost leadership, obscure our purpose, weakening will, and the risk of inciting new aggression. because of this administration, e are a world divided. we are a nation be calm. we have lost the swift pace of diversity and the genius of individual creativity. e are plodding along at a pace set by red tape, rules without responsibility.
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and register menation without recourse. [applause] rather than useful jobs in our country, our people have been offered bureaucratic paperwork. rather than moral leadership, they have been given bread and circumstances. they have been given spectacles and even scandals. [applause] tonight, there is violence in our streets, corruption in our highest offices, aimlessness amongst our youth, and there is espair among the many who look beyond material success for the i have beener meaning of their
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lives. and where examples of morality should be set, the opposite is being. small men seeking power have to often and too long turned to the highest levels of public service into mere personal opportunities. [applause] certainly, simple honesty is not too much to demand of men in government. we find it in most. republicans demand it from everyone. [applause] they demand it from everyone no matter how exalted or protected his position might be. [applause]
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the growing menace in our country tonight to personal safety, to life and limb and property, in homes and churches, on the playgrounds and places of business, is the -- particularly in our great cities, is the mounting concern of every thoughtful citizen in the united states. [applause] security from domestic violence, no less than from foreign aggression, is the most elementary and fundamental purpose of any government. it is a government that cannot fulfill this perfect purpose is one that cannot command the loyalty of its citizens. [applause]
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history shows us and demonstrate that nothing, nothing prepares the way for tyranny more than the failure of public officials to keep the streets safe from bullies. and mohr rodders. [applause] we republicans see all of this as more, much more than the result of differences. we see this as the result of a fundamentally inept and absolutely wrong view of man, his nature, and destiny. [applause] those who seek to live your lives for you, to take your
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liberties, those who elevate the state and downgrade the citizen must see a world in which earthly power can be substituted for divine will. [applause] this nation was founded upon the rejection of that notion and upon the acceptance of god , god as the author of freedom. [applause] those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. [applause]
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et me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. [applause] absolute power does corrupt and hose who seek it must be sppt and must be opposed. it stems from false notions of equality. equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences. wrongly understood, it means
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-- it leads first to conformity and then to despotism. [applause] fellow republicans, it is the cause of republicanism to resist concentrations of power, private or public. [applause] such -- which enforces conformity can inflict such despotism. it is the cause of republicanism to ensure that power remains in the hands of the people. [applause]
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and so help us god, that is exactly what a republican president will do. [applause] it is further the cause of republicanism to restore a clear understanding of the teern any of man over man in the world at large. it is our cause to dispel the foggy thinking which avoids hard decisions in the delusion that a world of conflict will somehow mysteriously dissolve itself into a world of harmony if we just don't rock the boat or irritate the forces of aggression. and this is hogwash! [applause]
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it is further the cause of republicanism to remind ourselves and the world that only the strong can remain free. [applause] that only the strong can beat defeat. [applause] ow, i need not remind you that republicans have shouldered this hard responsibility and marched in this cause before. it was the republican leadership under dwight eisenhower kept the peace and passed along to this administration the mightiest parcel for defense the world has ever known. [applause]
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and i need not remind you that it was the strength and the believable will of the eisenhower years that kept the eace by using our strengths, by using it in the formosa straight, and by using it in lebanon, and by showing it courageously at all times. [applause] it was during those republican years that the thrust of communism and imperialism was blunted. it was during those years of republican leadership that this world moved closer, not to war, but closer to peace than at any other time in the last three decades. [applause]
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and i need not remind you, but i will, that during democratic years, our strength to declare war has set still and has even gone into a plan of decline. and it has been then a we have weakly stumbled into conflict. deseatfullyrefusing to tell our own people of our full participation and letting our finest men die on battlefields unmarked by purpose, unmarked by pride, or the prospect of victory. [applause]
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yesterday, it was korea. onight, it is vietnam. make no bones of this. don't try to sweep this under the rug. e are at war in vietnam. [applause] yet the president, who was the commander-in-chief of our forces, refuses to say whether or not the objective over there is victory. his secretary of defense continues to mislead and misinform the american people. and enough of it's gone by! [applause]
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i need not remind you, i will, it has been during democratic years that a billion persons were cast into communist captivity and their fate sealed. today, today in our beloved country, we have an administration which seems eager to deal with communism in every coin known. from gold to wheat. from consulates to confidence and even human freedom itself. [applause] the republican cause demands that we brand communism as the principal disturber of peace in the world today. [applause]
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indeed, we should brand it as the only significant disturber of the peace and we must make clear that until it is -- until its goals of conquest re absolutely renounced and relations with all nations tempered, communism and the governments involved are enemies of every man on earth who wants to be free. [applause] ow we here in america can keep the peace only if we remain vigilant and only if we remain strong, only if we keep our
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eyes open and keep our guard up can we prevent war. [applause] i want to make this abundantly clear, i do not intend to allow -- tolet peace or freedom be torn from our grasp because of lack of strength or lack of will. and that i promise you, americans. [applause] i believe we must look beyond the defense of freedom today to its extension tomorrow. i believe the communism which boasts it will bury us will instead give way to the forces
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of freedom. [applause] i can see in the distance, or and yet recognizable future, the outline of a world worthy of our dedication, our every risk, our every effort, our every sacrifice along the way. yes, a world that will redeem the suffering of those who will be liberated from tyranny. can see, and i suggest that all thoughtful men must contemplate, trading and openly across its borders, communicating openly across the world. [applause]
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his is a goal far more meaningful than a moon shot. [applause] this is a truly inspiring goal for all free men to set for themselves during the latter half of the 20th century. i can see that all free men must thrill to the advance of this atlantic civilization joined by straight ocean highways to the united states. what a destiny can be ours to stand as a great central illar. connecting europe, and the americas and venables and the vital people of the pacific. i can see a day when all the
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americas, north and south, will be linked in a mighty system. he system in which the errors of misunderstandings of the past will be submerged one by one in a rising tide of prosperity and interdependence. we know the misunderstandings of centuries are not to be iped away in a day or an hour, but we pledge that human sympathy, what our neighbors to sim to our south call pat eco-. - simpatico. sympathy will be our guide. [applause] i can see this atlantic civilization galvanizing and guiding emergent nations everywhere.
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i know that freedom is not the fruit of every soil. i know that our own freedom was achieved through brave efforts of wise men. and i know the road to freedom is a long and challenging road. i know that some men may walk away from it and some men resist challenge, excepting default security of government for fraternalism. [applause] i pledge the america i envision in the years ahead will extend its hand and help in teaching and in cultivation so that all new nations will be at least encouraged, encouraged to go our way, so that they will not wander down the dark alleys of tierney or down the dead-end
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treets of collectiveism -- [applause] > my fellow republicans, we do no man a disservice by hiding freedom's place under a bushal of mistaken humility. [applause] i think in america proud of its past, proud of its ways, proud of its dreams, and determined actively to proclaim it that our example to the world must, like charity, begin at home. [applause]
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in our vision, of a good and decent future, free and peaceful, there must be room, room for the liberation of the energy and the talent of the individual. otherwise, our vision is blind at the outset. we must ensure a society here which while never abandoning the needy or forsaking the helpless, nurture opportunities for the creative and the productive. [applause] we must know the whole good is a product of many single contributions. i cherish the day when our children, once again, will of ore as heroes, the story
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men and children who are unafraid and undaunted pursue the truth. strive to cure disease and produce the inventive engines of production, science and technology. [applause] this nation whose creative have throughout this entire span of history should again thrive on all those things that we as individuals can and should do. and during republican years, this again will be a nation of men and women. of families proud of their roles. jealous of their responsibilities. inlimited in theirs a picture
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rations. nation where all who can, be self-reliant. [applause] we republicans see in our constitutional form of government the great framework which assures the orderly, but dynamic fulfillment of the whole man. and we see the whole man as the great reason for instituting orderly government n the first place. we see in private property and an economy based upon private property, the one way to make government a durable ally of the whole man rather than his determined enemy. [applause]
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we see in the sanctity of private property the only durable foundation for constitutional government in a free society. [applause] nd beyond that, we see and cherish a diversity of ways and thought of motives and accomplishment. we do not seek to live anyone's life for them. we only seek to secure his rights, guarantee opportunities. [applause] guarantee him opportunity to strive. with government performing only those needed and constitutionally-sanctioned tasks which cannot otherwise be performed. [applause]
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we republicans seek a government that attends to its inherent responsibilities of maintaining a stable monetary and fiscal climate, encouraging a free and competitive economy. and enforcing law and order. [applause] thus do we seek inventiveness, diversity and creative difference within a stable order. for we republicans define government's role where needed at many, many levels. preferably, the one closest to the people involved. [applause]
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ur towns and cities, our counties and then our states, nd then our regional contacts. only then, the national government. [applause] that, let me remind you, that is a matter of liberty built by decentralized power. we must also have balance between the branches of government at every level. [applause] balance, diversity, creative
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difference, these are the elements of the republican equation. epublicans agree heartily to disagree on many of their applications, but we have never disagreed on the basic fundamental issues of why you and i are republicans. [applause] this is a party, the republican party is a party for free men, not for blind power and not for conformists. [applause] in fact, in 1858, abraham lincoln said this is a epublican party -- i quote him
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because he could have said it during the last week or so. it was composed of strange and discordn't and even hostile elements. yet all of these elements agree on one paramount objective, to arrest the progress of slavery. and place it in the course of xtinction. today, as then, the task of preserving and enlarging freedom at home and of safeguarding it from the forces of tyranny abroad is great enough to challenge all of our resources and to require all of our strength. [applause]
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anyone who joins us in all sincerity, we welcome. [applause] those who do not care for our cause, we do not expect to enter our ranks. in any case. applause applause -- [applause] and let our republicanism so focused and so dedicated not be made fuzzy and futile by unthinking and stupid labels. [applause] i would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. [applause]
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thank you. thank you. [horn] thank you. [applause] >> and let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. [applause]
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the beauty of the very system we republicans have pledged to restore and revitalize, the beauty of this federal system f ours is in its reconciliation of diversity with unity. we must not see malice and -- in honest differences of opinion. so long that they are not inconsistent with the pleasures we have given to each other in and through our constitution. [applause] our republican cause is not to level out the world or make its people conform in computer regimented sameness. our republican cause is to free our people and light the way for liberty throughout the
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world. [applause] urs is a very human cause, for very humane goals. this party, its good people, and its unquenchible devotion to freedom will not fulfill the purposes of this campaign which we launch here now. until our cause has won the day, inspired the world, around shown the way to a tomorrow worthy of all of our yesteryears. i accept your nomination with humbleness, pride, and you and i are going to fight for the goodness of our land. thank you.
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